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Sony cuts Q2 losses, boosted by mobile unit

Sony’s Q2 earnings show a less-bleak picture than expected. After losing $5.7 billion last year and $312 million in the first quarter, the Tokyo, Japan-based technology giant is starting to slowly recover.  Sony recorded an operating profit of $388 million, compared to a $20 million loss on the same quarter a year ago. On the whole, it’s an improvement but… Read more →

Apple 10-K: R&D spending up to $3.4bn, increased retail focus

Apple late last night filed its 10-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the 2012 fiscal year.  The Cupertino, CA.-based technology giant’s form, a requirement by the U.S. government, sheds some light on interesting figures previously unknown about the company. Shrouded in secrecy, 10-K’s often give a previously unseen glimpse into the inner workings of a company. … Read more →

3D printing of real human tissue

There has been a burgeoning sense of excitement over the past few years about 3D printing. Printing an object as you would a document, albeit slowly, layer-by-layer, has been used to prototype products for awhile now, and 3D printing is entering the consumer marketplace quickly. With the opening of MakerBot’s new brick-and-mortar retail store in NYC, day-to-day use of 3D… Read more →

How to train for the apocalypse: the Zombies, Run! app

Many who follow shows like Walking Dead, or imagined themselves in the superlative storytelling found in World War Z and Feed (The Newsflesh Trilogy) think that if they were in the same place as the characters, they’d perform better under pressure. But if push came to shove and you really had to run from zombies, would you be able to?… Read more →

Windows 8’s Halloween surprise: Metro patent lawsuit

Does that look like am early sketch of Windows 8’s Metro interface to you? If it does, you’d rule against Microsoft in its newest patent lawsuit. “Boo!” Microsoft has just been sued by a heretofore little-known operating system technology firm, SurfCast for its use of tiles in Windows 8’s Microsoft Design Language interface, a.k.a. Metro. SurfCast, based out of Portland,… Read more →

RIM has 50 carriers testing BlackBerry 10, but Q1 timing tricky

Research in Motion is touting that it has its BlackBerry 10 platform in the labs of 50 carriers. Unfortunately, that milestone doesn’t resolve the first quarter timing much. In a statement to CNET News’ Roger Cheng, RIM said: In the last week, BlackBerry 10 achieved Lab Entry with more than 50 carriers — a key step in our preparedness for… Read more →

Microsoft makes Office 2013 available to volume licensees

Microsoft has pushed out the final, released-to-manufacturing (RTM) bits of Office 2013 and the complementary 2013 servers (Exchange 2013, SharePoint 2013 and Lync 2013) to volume license customers this week. A few Microsoft customers notified me of availability via Twitter on October 30. (I think @danielgut was the first to do so. Thanks!) Microsoft officials confirmed that volume licensees can… Read more →

What kind of teleworker are you?

I must have missed this last month, but this blog post by Bob McWhirter exploring the nuances of a telecommute is a gem. In it, he explains the crucial difference between being a “remote worker” (a.k.a. an outpost of productivity) versus being part of a “distributed team” (a.k.a. one of many scattered hubs) — and how it can positively or negatively… Read more →

Transform your organization into a social business

My colleague Ted Schadler and I recently completed a six month investigation into social business and collaborative transformation. As the title of the report — The Road To Social Business Starts With A Burning Platform — suggests, these complex workforce programs work when there is a compelling motivation to change behaviors among employees, business sponsors, and IT. Our study shows that this success breaks… Read more →

Users can now share directly from Google Drive to Google+

Google has made a number of updates to Drive and Docs over the last few days, most of which really boost the possibilities for work-related collaboration. While these updates will be available to enterprise customers as well, the most notable addition is the support for sharing directly from Google Drive to Google Plus. Essentially, all a person has to do… Read more →

2012 Top Scary Trends in Tech

Yes, it’s time again for Scary Tech Trends. We’ve been remiss in our last few years of Scary Tech coverage, but we’re baaaaaaaaaaaaaack. In previous years, the monsters were such awful ghouls, ghosts and goblins as Unreliable Clouds, IT Consolidation, Virtual Workplaces, The Never-Ending Workday and Cyber Bullies from Hell.  This year, I’ve got a bunch of new ones for you,… Read more →